You may wander, what is the difference between trauma informed and trauma skilled?
There has been much talk in recent years about trauma, This has led to a lot of workshops and training being rolled out in mental health, government organisations and crisis centres to enable them to be more informed and responsible in working with people suffering with trauma.
Here are some details of a Trauma Informed Approach from Blue Knot
- Information about trauma
- Understanding what has happened to you
- How it might have effected you.
- Describes how people respond to stress.
- Your possible options
- Coping strategies that some survivors use.
- This supports survivors in the healing journey.
In our current psychotherapeutic environment, telling the story of a traumatic event is seen as a very large part of the healing process. It is a big step for the survivor in requiring the courage to reveal their vulnerability and in refusing to keep it a secret. No doubt this has value, but its healing potential is only the first of several steps that are required on the healing journey towards recovery.
Retelling the story repeatedly may be problematic. In unpacking it with a counsellor or in a peer group as the primary process of healing, this often has the effect of re-traumatisation. There is an additional danger of focusing so much on the story in that it may become deeply entrenchment in the psyche, as a large part of identity as a victim.
In trauma informed treatment, there is a focus on cognition of the event in attempting to understand what happened and its effects. The ideas being
many fold, some of which may be that in going through what happened, victims may experience the value of being heard and supported and over a period of time of revisiting, gain understanding and learnings, new awareness’s so perceptions may arise.
Alternatively, some therapists use creative, expressive, art, emotionally focused or somatic therapies to assist victims in exploring and expressing their experiences, realisations and feelings at their own pace, over time. A series of EMDR sessions is also frequently recommended for trauma related issues. I discuss the pros and cons of these in detail in my book Rapid Core Healing Details Amazon
Overall the aim of trauma informed treatment is to enable people to grow through the process. This is enhanced if it takes place within the caring and supportive, therapeutic relationship according to much research.
While this is a noble and reasonable expectation for counselling and psychotherapy generally for a wide range of other issues, it is different in trauma related cases. In the case of trauma, PTSD or sexual abuse related cases, these are infused with powerful, intense, distressed, emotions, visions and somatic responses that are largely involuntary. This is because they are primarily buried in the unconscious mind and body by the protective fight and flight response, for good reason. Talking about the incident may trigger the person back into the centre of their trauma, as if they are reliving the horror or humiliation again and again. Some of my clients who have been through such treatments describe it as being repeatedly retraumatised with little or no release or positive change.
It is important to know that simply revisiting or re-feeling or staying with the emotion is not effective or safe processing.
In these cases, the trauma informed counsellor or therapist may go as far as they can with unpacking the event and then proceed to encourage understanding, coping strategies refer to mental health or support groups.
The value of support groups for a wide range of issues including suicide prevention, has great merit in encouraging connection, normalisation of feelings and thoughts, friendship and development of communication skills and validation. However, in cases of trauma, if in group process or in friendship groups that develop from these, the members share their traumatic stories with each other, this can result in vicarious trauma that compounds their personal trauma. Further, being surrounded by traumatised group members and frequently, the mental health professionals overseeing them, who may also come from abusive or traumatised backgrounds, victims may come to believe that surviving is their best and only option, as they may not be introduced to the idea or possibility of recovery. The latest findings in neuroscience and the capacity the brain has for healing shows that recovery is a realistic expectation for most people who have been traumatised. Details
Trauma informed workers are indeed doing the best they can and have the best intentions to help victims of trauma and sexual abuse, but if they are trauma informed only, are not equipped with the knowledge and skills to process trauma efficiently and quickly in a safe healing pathway.
I see many people in my clinic who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault who have frequently spent years in a range of recognised recovery centres. They have frequently gone through years of counselling or psychology, been part of support groups, mental health plans and medication and are still highly traumatised and suffering from extremely poor self-esteem and a range of relationship, mental health and sex related problems.
In my practice I also see many people who have mental health issues underpinned by sexual abuse and trauma, who’s mental health improves significantly once the trauma is safely processed.
I am trauma skilled and informed and able to assisting them in recovery from sexual abuse and trauma using Rapid Core Healing to locate and process their traumas, one neural pathway at a time, requiring an average of 3-5 sessions only for recovery, without re traumatisation. I am offering up to date trauma skilled recovery training to professionals to equip them to be more effective in assisting their client base.
Rapid Core Healing is composed of:
1 Systemic Family constellations, where systemic trauma, sexual abuse and incest patterns may be addressed in brief, experiential interventions. Details
2 Emotional Mind Integration where personal trauma may be addressed in a different, brief, experiential intervention. Details
This is a wholistic trauma and sexual abuse recovery intervention, dual modality for clearing neural pathways of disturbances and trauma safely, without re-traumatisation, in a relatively brief intervention, for most people.
What of Justice?
Most of all clients who have been through the Rapid Core Healing process tell me, that they feel they now have their justice, through the active collaboration of the experiential healing pathway. This brings great relief. They are stronger and may decide to leave it there or proceed through the court system. Their choice.
Rapid Core Healing is a process that has been designed to be well structured for safety, so as to heal trauma through healing pathways that involve an active collaboration in the therapeutic alliance in their self-healing, that is specific to their needs. A structured, safe client-centred approach.
At this point in time I believe we have not comprehended the power and capacity of the brain and the nervous system, or the mystery of consciousness, that when infused with the brain, makes up the mind.
The mind is immensely powerful, in that when disturbed, it can cause many problems, but as we begin to understand and utilise its unfathomable resources, it is also the source of a vast range of solutions and healings too. This is supported by the latest findings in neuroscience Details
Moving on to better outcomes
Trauma informed and trauma skilled training is available now for recovery, trauma and rape crisis centres and the medical model to update and up skill their workforce, so that ‘recovery’ may become the new buzz word, rather than ‘survivor’, as victims move into recovery relatively quickly, in a way that is freeing not only for themselves, but also for their loved ones.
Individual training groups
If you are a practitioner, psychotherapist, psychologist, social worker and would like to be better equipped in your work to assist people with recovery of trauma and sexual abuse, please see my training options below, Rapid Core Healing and Recovery From Sexual Abuse.
If you are involved in an organisation working in the areas of rape crisis, or trauma recovery, I am available for discussions about how this knowledge may be engaged to assist you and your workplace in becoming both trauma informed and trauma skilled through initial introductory workshops and possible training options.
International Online Training is taking place now, that is Trauma Informed AND Trauma Skilled for personal and systemic recovery from sexual abuse and trauma as a powerful and deeply effective, brief intervention.
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Yildiz Sethi is the founder of Rapid Core Healing and Emotional Mind Integration. A leading pracademic and innovator in Mind Science, who provides a range of online trainings for ‘people who help people’ and the author of;
Rapid Core Healing Pathways to Growth and emotional healing:
Using the dual approach of Family Constellations and Emotional Mind Integration, for personal and systemic health. Amazon
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